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Three lives will change the destiny of nations. Helikaon, the young prince of Dardania, haunted by a scarred and traumatic childhood. The priestess Andromache, whose fiery spirit and fierce independence threatens the might of kings. And the legendary warrior Argurios, cloaked in loneliness and driven only by thoughts of revenge. In Troy they find a city torn apart by destructive rivalries - a maelstrom of jealousy, deceit and murderous treachery. And beyond its fabled walls blood-hungry enemies eye its riches and plot its downfall. It is a time of bravery and betrayal; a time of bloodshed and fear. A time for heroes.
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Compelling, unputdownable novel of love and hatred, ambition and rivalry, peace and war by Sunday Times bestselling David Gemmell.

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David A. Gemmell's first novel, Legend, was first published in 1984 and went on to become a classic. His most recent Drenai and Rigante novels are available as Corgi paperbacks; all are Sunday Times bestsellers. Widely regarded as the finest writer of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in Sussex until his death in July 2006.


Bestseller Gemmell (Legend) boldly recasts the Trojan War in this first of a new trilogy, which centers on a warrior variously called Helikaon, Aeneas or the Golden One, who's blessed by luck to have all he turns his hand to prosper. Populated by compelling and finely drawn characters taken from either Greek mythology (Odysseus, Hektor, etc.) or the author's own fertile imagination, the novel lays the groundwork for the war to come. Spurred by prophecy, Agamemnon, King of Mykene, sets his men the task of killing Aeneas. The ensuing conflict threatens to engulf the Mediterranean. While this enchanting tale is more historical fiction than fantasy (the obligatory oracles and Kassandra's prophecies are the only hints of magic), genre fans and more general readers alike will have trouble putting it down. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"History and legend combine in an epic recreation of the Troy myth" -- Conn Iggulden "David Gemmell carries us away to a four-cornered, wholly convincing cosmos, so masterfully done that the reader thinks, 'Ah this is what it was really like'" -- Steven Pressfield "Gripping and fast-paced, intelligent and intensely readable... should appeal to anyone who enjoys an action-packed historical epic" -- Joanne Harris "The loyalties and betrayals, the love and the hate, the endless, everlasting courage of the men - and the women - of both sides are brought to life in this vivid, inspirational recreation of the Troy myth" -- Manda Scott

Called away from her life as a priestess on the isle of Thera, Andromache travels to Troy as the wife-to-be of Hektor, warrior hero and son of King Priam. Before she meets her future husband, however, Andromache becomes involved in the sometimes petty, always dangerous household politics of the house of Priam. Most disturbing to the free-spirited former priestess, she falls in love with Hektor's good friend Helikaon, also called Aeneas, the Lord of the Silver Bow. Gemmell begins his epic trilogy several years before Agamemnon sends his fleet to lay siege to Troy. By focusing on the minor characters of Homer's Iliad, the author of the "Stones of Power" cycle adds another dimension to a classic tale of passion and honor. Andromache's independent spirit and warrior-maiden demeanor work in counterpoint to Helikaon's honorable conscience and battle-hardened prowess. A series opener for all libraries; highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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